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Underway

Cast off, heading out of Sydney. North (but not to Alaska!)Roger / Reboot / W2ZDB / WDB8435

New Crew

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Ah. New crew. New things to cover in fur! Fair winds and following seas :)

State of the Nation

As I travel around the world I am often asked about US politics. These questions have intensified since the election of President Trump. I choose to keep my blog politically neutral. However when one adds BRIXIT, the recent French election and the daily tweetstorm about President Trump I found this article enlightening and distressing. So, nope, not about dirty hulls or great anchorages. 100% political.http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/19/watching-slow-motion-coup-detat/#.WR84WAG5yHY.twitter

Embarrassing

In the spirit of sharing I will take one for the team. Those who follow my blog know that we have been having propulsion problems. First step was to dive on the boat and make sure the prop was not fouled. It was cold, I am old, so a crew member checked it out. Nothing obvious. Next high drama with the engine. Filters, air cleaner, bleeding, etc. Multiple expensive Uber trips for parts. Lots of smell. No joy. Next excellent mechanic (Ian Hume at Hume Marine Sydney (+61 4488 14087) Nope, engine and transmission are fine. Professional diver (Barry at Harbour Dive Sydney +61 (0) 424 638 677.) Shaft and cutless bearing look fine. Folding prop folding fine. "Oh, by the way, lots on marine growth on the prop. Should we clean it?" "Please." Clean prop. Problem solved. Duh!!!!!!Special kudos to the Australian Department of Biosecurity who offered to work out a way to get Reboot hauled with XO on board. Fortunately it did not come to that. Occam's Razor........ Fair wind…

Ready to Rally

It looks like our problems are resolved. Plan to depart for Cairns next weather window. Fair winds and following seas :)

The fourth picture.

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After great demand (one reader.) Hope I finally got it right. The fourth picture.

Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, a French actress (and possible prostitute) who like "the Polastron," escaped the Revolution.  She married Richard Wellesley the first Marquis Wellesley, after they lived together for quite a while and had a few children.  One of same, to wit Anne Wellesley, is in Queen Elizabeth's (and therefore Prince Chuck's and Duke William's and Prince George's line, via her mother the Queen Mother's mother's.
Princess Frederica (or Fredericke) is in a private collection.

The Duchesse de Polignac is at the Museum of Versailles and the Trianon

The self-portrait is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas

Hyacinthe Roland, the Queen's ancestor, is the Legion of Honor building of the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts
Fair winds and following seas :)




Biblical

Back to sailing... And [Job] said, (...): the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD". Had we not had engine problems we would be in the Whitsundays where the forecast is for gale force winds and torrential (but not biblical) rains. Fair winds and following seas :)

Fwd: Vigée Portraits in Your Blog

I call my brother "the font of all wisdom." And he is. And I love him. So the attached. Re the missing portrait: for some reason it would not download. Sad because she was by far the most beautiful and scandalous. PS Next he will tell me where they are hung so you can see them in person.
Hi:

You've got them labeled wrong, Roger.
In your post, the first on the left (big hair, off the shoulder dress) is Hyacinthe Roland, the Queen's ancestor. The second (white blouse, red ribbon) is the artist, Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. The third (dressed in "Shepherdess Chic") is the Duchess of Polignac.
You're missing Frederick the Great's niece, Princess Frederica.
All of these portraits, seen live, are quite stunning.  Vigée ravishes her viewers with painterly reality.  They are alive on the canvass.  Frederica and Polignac are particularly captivating.

English Queens

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This is a very politically incorrect post. Do not read on if easily offended. In the spirit of humor.We (the "Royal we") are aware that the current Duchess of Cambridge is quite attractive. So was Lady Diana. So the question is: Was Queen Hillary's failed coronation an consequence of losing out in the looks contest to Melania Trump? For comparison lets look at some historical English Queens in the photos attached.Now as for quality looks, let me offer up these three women, all painted by Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
#1:  Princess Frederika Louisa Dorothea Phillippine von Hohenzollern, a niece of Frederick the Great, later Princess Radziwill by marriage.
#2:  Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, later Duchesse de Polignac by marriage, a great favorite of Marie Antoinette.
#3:  The artist in an early self-portrait.

Batteries die in darkness*

Since Reboot spends months away from shore power I am always very cognizant of the battery voltage. I have noticed recently that they don't seem to be getting quite the charge they have been getting in the past. Since I recently replaced both the batteries and the solar controllers this has been a bit of concern. This morning I had a epiphany. It's fall. We are only getting 10 1/2 hours of sunlight (here down under.) The charge cycles are shorter, the discharge cycles longer. The battery voltage reflects that. Not really a big deal. We are talking about a 0.1 volt difference. But I do notice it. Where it does really show up is in cruising. When the electric autopilot, the multifunction display, the VHF, the AIS and the tricolor are running all night there is quite a noticeable difference. (Yes, I use the Monitor wind steering, keep the multifunction display at minimum intensity, and have LED bulbs.) Fair winds and following seas :) * Warning - this part gets political. Stop re…

Elevator

Elevator we got the shaft. It turns out that the problem does not seem to be the engine or transmission but rather the drive shaft is binding. You know, the one I paid $3,000 to have replaced 8 months ago! Fair winds and following seas:)

Uber (revisited)

Today I asked my Uber driver how long he had been driving for Uber. "15 months." He has a perfect 5 .0 rating. He didn't know. Amazing! Fair winds and following seas :)

Stuck in Sydney

Still no joy on debugging the diesel engine. Mechanic to arrive this morning at 8:30. At 9:30 still no mechanic. Text. At 10:30 get reply. Will come tomorrow. Wonderful. Fair winds and following seas:)

Uber

Uber is a great service for world cruisers. Not only is it cheaper than cabs but the drivers have a lot of local knowledge. When public transit doesn't go where I want or takes too much time I Uber. I was surprised to find out from my driver the other day that they don't know the destination when they accept the ride. It is not disclosed until you are in the car. So no turning down rides that they don't want. Interesting. Fair winds and following seas :)

Beautiful

Filter wrench

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Bought a new filter wrench yesterday. We now have four (4) on Reboot. No clue where I stored the other three! Fair winds and following seas :)

Indefinite Delay

Reboot is still in (Sydney) Hunters Bay. We have clogged fuel filters and are waiting for spares. Fair winds and following seas :)

Voltmeter

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A "marine" digital voltmeter costs 220 USD. A digital ammeter the same. This cost me $1.98 from Hong Kong. With a bit of drilling and filing Manuel and I got it mounted where it can be seen from anywhere in the salon. Fair winds and following seas :)

Departure (delayed)

(Thunderstorms in forecast. Delaying until risk passes.)Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat Reboot
US Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493
Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB

Sydney departure

Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee (biosecurity) in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat Reboot
US Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493
Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB
+61 (0) 476 768 335

Radar

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Reboot finally has a working radar again. When arriving in Brisbane the radar failed. In addition the mast bracket came loose. I shipped the unit off to Garmin™. They replaced it promptly with a refurbished unit with a one year warranty. I love this company. They have treated me exceptionally well. The problem was how as a solo sailor I was going to get the new unit up on the mast. Enter Manuel, my new crew for the trip to Cairns. Together we could do this. And we* did. But it took 6 hours on the mast. First we had to find new fasteners. That took four stores and several hours. Although Australia has decent stores they don't carry the diversity of stock found in the U.S. We finally found a specialty fastener store that carried the right size. Then we discovered that the old fasteners for the bracket did not want to come out. After several failed strategies we borrowed a hacksaw from the marina and cut them out. (Yes, Reboot has a hacksaw somewhere, in some locker ...) Next was g…

World of Warcraft

Centigrade to Fahrenheit

For those of us culturally challenged by the metric system a quick trick to choose you attire. Fair winds and following seas :)http://www.fodors.com/community/africa-the-middle-east/a-little-trick-for-converting-centigrade-to-fahrenheit.cfm

Breaking in the Nube (Manuel)

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Enough said.

Rugby

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Photo from the rugby night.

Scooter Day

Was on the back seat of a scooter for the first time in a very long time. Manuel, my new crew came to Reboot today. He still has his scooter so we used it to run errands. It took me quite a while to settle down and feel comfortable. Although there are far more shopping opportunities here in Sydney we went to three stores before we found one with pop rivets in the correct size. I also bought a spool of wire as the per meter cost was quite a bit more. Tomorrow if it is quiet I will climb the mast and put the radar bracket back up. Fair winds and following seas :)

Cat in a cabinet

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Open a cabinet, find a cat! I opened this cabinet to get out XO's food. Came back, found XO. Fair winds and following seas :)

Aussie Day

On Friday I had an Aussie day. I was invited to a barbeque on Bondi Beach. Then we went to watch New South Wales lose at rugby. On to a house party. Which was broken up by a neighbor at 2300 because "you are making too much noise." Then to Bondi Junction to go clubbing. But we faded quickly and went home. A fun day. Fair winds and following seas :)

New Jib

It was quiet this morning and I had help so we got the new jib out of the bag and up on the forestay. It is an ocean jib so it was really stiff. Even though Neil Pryde has made earlier jibs there is always that moment when you wonder if it will fit. And yes it did. It looks very nice all furled up. Fair winds and following seas :)

Safety

Yesterday I was with the guys who drive the launch. They mentioned that one of their rental boats had gone aground in an area that is (of course) forbidden for renters. They were going over to recover it. I had been swimming so I volunteered to come as someone would need to swim to shore. When we got to the site the waves were running 2 to 3 meters and the boat had broached and was sideways on the beach. We took one look and abandoned the effort. Today the marina work barge came out to pick me up. I asked about the launch. They told me that this morning they had gone back to recover the rental boat. Apparently the waves were much lower. The location is a straight shot from the harbor entrance so there is almost always swell. They got a line tied to the beached boat. As they tried to pull it off they were picked up by a wave and the rescue boat was thrown on shore. So now there are two broken boats. Apparently they were able to get the rescue boat launched and back to Balmoral but the…

That airy feeling

Today I was walking back to the dock and felt airy. Sure enough, got back to Reboot and discovered a rip in the seat of my pants. At least my boxers were clean! Fair winds and following seas :)

Imponderable

Why does red Locktite™ come in a blue tube and blue Locktite™ come in a red tube? Fair winds and following seas :)

Tune in, turn on, drop out.

Wth due defence to Timothy Leary this is actually a post about sailing. I am getting ready to head north as the hurricane season ends. So each day I turn everything on. And some of it doesn't turn on. Corrosion is a major problem on boats. I have learned the hard way not to wait until the last minute to test all the systems. Fair winds and following seas :)

The "paywall" and "free" advertising

This is a rant. Be warned.......[rant]I have two modes when it comes to the Internet. When underway or anchorage hopping I tend to ignore it. When it allows me to procrastinate in port I spend far too much time on it. Which brings me to my rant. As someone who travels from country to country I typically buy Internet access by the megabyte. I have concluded that my actual cost of access is 2x to 4x what I actually read. The reason: advertising (I never respond); sign up your friends (I never do); you might be interested in this (I never am); "sponsored posts" (a dimwit name for a paid advertisement that I never respond to); prefetch (downloading content I might look at (but never do) ; memories (that I don't care about); and so forth. The only solution is to avoid those sites. The current environment is worse than watching broadcast TV. So I am disciplining myself to limit my interactions to the absolute minimum. That brings me to the "paywall." For years the …

An excellent article.

For those of you who love the "administrative state" realize that every President gets to replace the administrators. I have long held the view that "outsourcing" law to " administrators" and "experts" is not only unconstitutional but a really bad idea ( like sailing into a hurricane or me getting married again!)

XO is greatly relieved. Taiwan bans slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption - BBC News

The simplest things

It was unseasonably cold this morning in Sydney. I decided to fire up my cabin heater. I has to remove the sea cover for the first time in about 1 1/2 years. Yes. The wing nut spins. So does the screw. In 58 F temps and 20 knot winds I decided to take refugee in the cafe on shore. Tomorrow when it warms up I will attack the problem. Fair winds and following seas :)

Young Endeavor

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Got a visit this morning from the Young Endeavor. They came in last night. We took the Balmoral Boatshed launch out to say hi.https://www.youngendeavour.gov.au

Sunshine

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I don't need a sleep mask. I use my tail.

Fact Checking

This article is great. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39180855Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunshine

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After almost one month of daily rain XO enjoys a sunny morning. Fair winds and following seas :)

Biosecurity Visit

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Matt comes to Reboot to check on XO (The Wonder Cat.) Fair winds and following seas :)

My coffee lady

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One end of the launch run is Reboot, the other is coffee. Fair winds and following seas :)

$1.00 Flyswatter

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Next time I will go for the $2.00 model. Fair winds and following seas :)

No Rules

Like most production boats Reboot has Rule™ bilge pumps and float switches. They claim the lifetime of the switch is longer than my projected lifetime. Not so much. The good news is that the bracket is a snap in saving me all sorts of work. Mission accomplished. Fair winds and following seas :)

Bugs

The natural kind. One of the first rules of cruising is to never let cardboard on your boat. It is well known that cockroaches lay eggs in cardboard. In the past couple of days I have had a different twist. Flies. All of a sudden I have had a bunch of flies on Reboot. They were not healthy. That is they were easy to kill. I finally traced the source. At least I think I did. The boxes of kitty litter. When I opened one I discovered plastic bags of litter inside. Since then I have removed all of the litter from the boxes and the boxes from Reboot. No more flies. Fair winds and following seas :)

Collision

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Just rescued a Hobie Cat that had flipped and drifted into Reboot. The skipper was not heavy enough to right here. A quick grab of the top of the mast with a boat hook did the trick. Great little boats.Fair winds and following seas :)

Grow Fur

Went out in search of parts (unsuccessful.) Came back, XO borrowed under the blankets. Time to regrow some fur after a year in the tropics. Fair winds and following seas :)

A mixed day

A couple of days ago I had major dental surgery. I have four holes in my jaw and about 16 stitches. I am living on otc pain medication. It is not a lot of fun.April 1 is (was, here in Australia) the end of my insurance hurricane exclusion. I can now sail north to Cairns and get positioned for the Sail 2 Indonesia rally. With the aftermath of Hurricane Debbie in my path I am not in a big hurry to leave*. I do, however, need to focus on all those nagging tasks to get Reboot ready. [Procrastination is my finest skill, apathy my middle name.]. Yesterday it was quiet at dawn. And not raining. A miracle! It was a good time to take the old jib down. It came down without a hitch. Of course I had it close hauled so it would fall on deck. Reboot said "lets go sailing" and took off! Fortunately I was still attached to the mooring. I was hesitant to raise the new jib alone even in light winds. With a couple of people it is much easier to get underway and then raise it rather than going …

Kitty Litter

Cruisers soon learn that things you take for granted at the grocery store aren't available worldwide. Who would have known that one of those things is kitty litter? Who would also have guessed that the latest and greatest kitty litter (crystals) would come in cardboard boxes? Not good for sailors, cardboard harbors cockroach eggs and absorbs moisture. And kitty litter is heavy; a pain to carry large amounts back to Reboot. None the less we are stocking up for oir coastal transit to Cairns.
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Fair winds and following seas:)

Minor damage

The first of the month is XO (The Wonder Cat) flee and tick day. I escaped with only one 2" long scratch. Victory! I don't have the heart to wrap him in a towel. When I was giving him eye drops twice a day he sat quietly in my lap. But he doesn't like the flee and tick liquid on the back of his neck. Fair winds and following seas :)

New Jib

Arrived yesterday. Getting closer to going sailing again.

Need Crew

Need up to three crew:Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia. Depart Sydney late April. Leisurely trip.Cairns, Australia to Indonesia, Island hopping in Indonesia with Sail 2 Indonesia rally. Depart Cairns July 15.Catalina 42 MK IICaptain (me) 30,000+ nm open ocean cruising experience.Contact winchgrinder4@gmail.com

Hurricane warning changes

s/v Val Rescue

Nick informed me that s/v Val is under tow and headed to Australia. Great news.


Fair Winds and Following Seas :)

They found s/v Val

Great news. Just got a call from the Australian RCC. s/v Val was sighted 35 nm of the Australian coast. Nick and Barbara must be happy.Fair winds and following seas :)

The Ugly

Copy of a Facebook post about the cruising life.
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Final thoughts on this thread offered after 8 years, around 30,000 nm (I stopped counting years ago,) and three ocean crossings (Atlantic solo, Atlantic crew, Pacific 1/2 solo, 1/2 crew):

1. What you read in the classic sailing books is very dated. The Caribbean has been destroyed by the cruise ship industry. Most islands are only interested in your money. The nightlife is gone. Cruise ships leave, everyone closes their stores and restaurants. I have never been in the Med (yet) but the Portuguese and Spanish coasts are not cheap.
2. Sailing is a very slow way to get anywhere. One hundred (100) nm per 24 hour day is a good average. If you are going to anchor between sunset and sunrise realize in the winter that is only 8 hours. At 5 knots average that is 40 nm. You need to plan. You can easily get "closed out." The Med in winter. The Caribbean and parts of the Pacific in hurricane season. Once there (wherever there i…

Allen Wrench Question (Help)

If you know the proper name for an allen wrench with a hole in the middle (hollow shaft) for use on anti-theft screws please email me at rebootagent @gmail.com. I want to buy a spare but don't know what to ask for/Google. If anyone has a source in Sydney, Australia that would be gravy..Thanks

Doing the 360

After the 60 minutes of sun a thunderstorm came through. Reboot has now done a 360 around the mooring ball. Such fun.Fair winds and following seas :)

Garmin 5012 Multifunction Display

Got it sorted with Garmin Australia. Once they realized it was on the U.S. books it all came together. Shipped it off today for repair. After 1 hour of beautiful sunlight we are back to thunderstorms. Nice. Fair winds and following seas :)

Cockpit time

Sat out in the cockpit for the first time in quite a while. The weather has been terrible. Lots of rain. Even when it is not raining the cockpit has been wet. Or it has been very windy. Tonight it was dry and the wind not too bad. Looking around I realized that even though there are lots of boats here I am the only one in the morning field. There are a couple of guest mooring balls and some choose to anchor out but there is no one here tonight. I have now traveled around Sydney Harbor quite a bit. It is the largest natural harbor in the world. That is part of the problem. It is so big that unless you go well in, even more than I have on land, there is no 360 degree shelter. Everywhere I go there is always some chop. Fair wins and following seas :)

Windows 1.0

My relationship with my Kindle Fire reminds me of Windows 1.0. Today I went to the art museum. I tried to upload a couple of photos. It uploaded 59 pictures from something called my "Amazon Album." I can't find most of these pictures on my Fire. I can' t find them on the web. Then I tried to create an album in the " Prime Photos app. Which of course was installed as purchase crap that I can't uninstall. The pictures I had just taken were not available. And no I don't autosave to the hacker universe a.k.a the "cloud." WTFHELPFair winds and following seas :)

NSW Art Museum

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Beautiful. Only did 15%. Will be back.

Thanks

I originally posted this on a cruising web site but it deserves to be shared with all my readers...Warning - RANT ONOn another cruising forum I was complaining about their recent policy to charge money for webinars. It got me in a mood. On a day when many are sharing the blessings of a Saint with good Irish whiskey I share the posts without further comment.FREE FREE FREEI complain again (although no one seems to be listening) that XXXX is now a business (that, I admit, doesn't pay well.) What happened to cruisers helping cruisers? I do a radio seminar at rallies (for free.) I just put a couple who lost their boat in the Tasman Sea up on Reboot (for free.) (...)************My second post.Having had time to work myself up to a dither.....I would be remiss if I did not comment on all those who for FREE have helped keep me safe and sane for the last eight years of cruising.Top Contributors: KI4MMZ, KM4MA, W3ZU. For daily position reports and weather information, coordinating with seve…

Hats

Here in Mosman, Australia a lot of the young people attend private school. This means a lot of young people in school uniforms. There are apparently quite a few schools as the uniforms are quite varied. Almost all of boys have ties. A good portion of them also have jackets. The girls have either dresses (styled in the 1950's) or skirts and blouses, some with jackets.I would most likely not have paid more much attention if it were not for the hats. The boys' uniforms hats are almost all "boaters." The girls styles are more varied. They are so cute!I have always found it ironic that JFK going bare headed ended the tradition of men wearing hats in the USA. Jackie O on the other hand was always impeccably dressed. She always wore a hat.Fair winds and following seas :)

Gale warning

This morning the forecast was for gale force winds in Sydney Harbor. I decided to spend the day off Reboot. When I returned in the afternoon it was quite calm. The wind as since picked up, fortunately from the South where Reboot is most sheltered.They have dropped the gale warning to strong winds but the wind has picked up from earlier. XO doesn't like strong winds at anchor so he is being needy.I expected sunny days here. Most of what have seen is wind and rain.Fair winds and following seas :)

"A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America"

A book reviewI read "A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America." I found it interesting , insightful and strangely somewhat funny. The author has a snarky streak. You might also want to keep a dictionary handy. Although not hard to read some of the language is not commonplace.The basic premise of the book is that the Boomer generation (of which I am one) have used their population driven immense political power to screw everyone else, in particular their children.Three separate reviews:1. I leave it to each of you to decide the basic premise of the title: that the Boomer generation as a whole exhibits sociopathic tendencies. If that was it I would not bother to write the review. Nor will I comment on my point of view.2. The book is a well researched, annotated and footnoted history of what actually went on from the 1960s to the present. Lots of charts, etc. A lot of the data contradicts my memory (beliefs.) Very enlightening. The data is primarily eco…

Lawyer Joke of the Day

The madam opened the brothel door in Glasgow and saw a rather dignified, well-dressed, good-looking man in his late forties or early fifties."May I help you sir?" she asked.The man replied, "I want to see Suzy.""Sir, Suzy is one of our most expensive ladies, perhaps you would prefer someone else", said the madam.He replied, "No, I must see Suzy."Just then, Suzy appeared and announced to the man she charged $5,000 a visit.Without hesitation, the man pulled out five thousand dollars and gave it to Suzy, and they went upstairs.After an hour, the man calmly left.The next night, the man appeared again, once more demanding to see Suzy.Suzy explained that no one had ever come back two nights in a row as she was too expensive."There are no discounts. The price is still $5,000."Again, the man pulled out the money, gave it to Suzy, and they went upstairs.After an hour, he left.The following night the man was there yet again.Everyone was astounde…

Sunrise at Balmoral

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Fair winds and following seas :)

Though for the day

With all the news and fake news and partisan uproar my quote for the day:"All that we don't know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing."PHILIP ROTH, The Human Stain

The cruising life

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The ultimate expression of the cruising life. Today i had to apply WD 40 to the spray head mechanism of my bottle of cleaning chemical so that it would function. Haha.....Fair winds and following seas :)

Donate to Nick Dwyer's Crowdfunding Page to Nick and Barbara Nick and Barbara are currently aboard Reboot. If you choose to help them recover financially here is a link. Fair winds and following seas ☺

Hello, Can you help Nick Dwyer raise 50000 to Nick and Barbara ?. Please donate to their JustGiving Crowdfunding Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nick-dwyer?utm_id=1&utm_term=kW7k75Vaa Thanks for your support PS. With JustGiving Crowdfunding anyone can raise money to fund their own project - anything from setting up a foodbank, to buying a wheelchair for a relative or even saving a local football club. Want to raise money to make good things happen? Start your Crowdfunding Page today. https://home.justgiving.com/?utm_id=3&utm_term=kW7k75Vaa

Nick and Barbara of sv Val

Nick and Barbara were dropped off on Reboot by the NSW Marine Police last night. We had some adult beverages and a good pasta dinner. They then got the first decent sleep in several days....Their story has gone global. They received telephone calls from Ireland and India asking for a statement. Also beautiful is the local outpouring of support including places to stay etc...The current plan is to see if we can locate sv Val and go retrieve her. ...Fair winds and following seas ☺

SV Val

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Nick and Barbara on Reboot.

SV Val in the News

SV Val update

On shore in Sydney and safe!Just had a long conversation with the SMP. Nick and his partner spent the night at SMP. Got a bath and a good sleep. Also got to clean their laundry.! They will be appearing on Channel 9 at about 8 am here in Sydney. If anyone can capture and post for those of us without TV that would be great.

The Devil's Chessboard

With all of the discussion of the "shadow government" and the "deep state" I was motivated to read "The Devil's Chessboard." The book, by Salon founder David Talbot, is a biography of Allan Dulles, early director of the CIA. Dulles, like J. Edgar Hover, was a man described as "giving direction to Presidents." It is a fascinating story of deceit, anti-Semitism by the U.S. State Department, spys, Nazis, money, power and greed. It is a story of how the global business community was more interested in protecting their money than fighting World War II. Allan Dulles is portrayed as a facilitator, at times in direct opposition to his orders from the President of the United States.Missing for me is the detailed annotations i have come to expect in scholarly work. One has to accept Mr. Talbot 's story at face value. Even so it is a heck of a story. Something for those long transits underway. Surprisingly to me the CIA even has a book review!Fair …

SV Val update

SV Val update: Captain Nick and crew transferred to rescue boat Nemesis. Approximately 200 nm from Sydney harbor. ETA midnight tonight if sea conditions do not deteriorate further. Have heard from OCC port captain. Am now POC for Sydney Harbor Police. Have offered Reboot to house Nick and crew while they unwind. Don't think my offer has made it to Nemesis yet so waiting for reply.My contact information: +61 (0) 476 768 335
Rebootagent@gmail.comhttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPV_Nemesis.Fair winds and following seas ☺

24 GB

What a difference 24 extra GB makes. Bought a new Kindle Fire as I had cracked the screen on my old one. The new one has 24 GB more internal storage. Response time is like night and day.Fair winds and following seas :)

SV Val

Sailboat "Val" call sign M0XXE. Rescue underway. Boat will be abandoned. Skipper Nick Dwyer exhausted. Will arrive Sydney this evening. I will try to coordinate efforts for Skipper and any crew. Believe 1 POB. My contact +61 (0) 476 768 335 or rebootagent@gmail.comHttp:// svval.yolasite.comRoger on Reboot @ Balmoral Beach.

Morning strobe lights

It is 5:45 AM. It has been a rough night. XO is meowing. The winds have been 25 knots gusting 30. Reboot has been dancing and rocking all night. The wind has been howling through the rigging. Fortunately the wind has been from the South so the fetch is short but there is still a 2 foot confused swell. My back is killing me. XO is swiping at me with claws out for attention. I HEAR VOICES! I go out to the cockpit. Right off the stern of Reboot I see strobe lights, 7 of them, in the water. I hear "one minute at level 3, then one at level 2, then one at level 4. (...) Yes, they are rowing. When I think back on the time I spent with John Callie in Brisbane I shiver. I knew these people were dedicated but wow!
Fair winds and following seas :)

Für Elise

Beethoven's "Für Elise" is a very simple melody. Right hand, left hand, broken chords. It is one of the pieces that I use to rebuild agility and finger strength after not playing my keyboard for a while. It is actually one of the most difficult pieces I know. To keep the tempo constant, to make the chords flow seamlessly, it takes me hours to get back to that place! Fair winds and following seas :) Roger sv Reboot

Balmoral

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Balmoral Anchorage from the hill. Walking down from Mosman. Fair winds and following seas :)

Aussie Exercise

My mornings are always disturbed by voices. Being on a mooring buoy at the edge of a group mostly empty boats it is very quiet. The only sounds I hear are wave slap, rigging motion (from the swell) and XO's morning greeting. (Meow, meow. I was nice and warm cuddling with you in the bunk, why did you get up?) And I hear voices. The Aussie's have a remarkable number of early morning exercisers: kayakers and paddle boarders. But the most remarkable are the swimmers. I am not close to shore. Every morning groups of swimmers come by Reboot. They swim a couple of miles. I recognize some who do it every day. Sometimes in the rain. Impressive. I got to thinking (always a bad idea.) Can I hear them better in the morning? It turns out the answer is yes. (Nick C already knows this, but after all he is a retired Senior Chief Sonarman.) For the reason see the third block of information in the following link: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Sound/refrac.html. Fair winds and…

American Politics

What a crazy time. As a temporary ex-pat in Sydney, Australia the locals ask me about President Trump, Russia, Obamagate (the allegation that President Obama had then candidate Trump's phone tapped (as was proven Obama did to a reporter,) allegations of sedition by former President Obama and his supporters etc. Since like them I have to depend on what imho, is a deeply flawed and partisan media, my answer is "who knows, we live in interesting times." I feel the USA has become the first "banana republic" with a free press. Very weird. Given the focus on contacts with Russians I have stopped visiting "beautiful single Russian women who want to meet men" web sites. I hope this keeps me out of the news.#wiretap #obamagate #MAGA @Potus #resistance #seditionRoger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335

Aussie Spirit

I was sitting on Reboot reading. She is rocking 30 degrees (15 a side.) XO unhappy and needy. He doesn't like the continual rocking at anchor. Rain coming and going, "heavy at times." Like most of the day. Heavy.I look North and what did I see? A fleet of racing sailboats headed for me. Turns out the mark was only 1,000 yards away. Watched them come and round all day. "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." Crazy, but fun to watch.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot

Rain

2" more forecast for today. Ugh.Fair winds and following seas :)

Latest Giraffe News

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39151912Fair winds and following seas :)

Rig Noise

Ever since I replaced the standing rigging in Nuku Hiva and Tahiti I have been troubled by noises. I discovered that by lubricating the balls where the stays / shrouds attach to the mast they would twist off any twist I had inadvertently added by tightening the turnbuckles. But I still had a weird halyard slapping noise that sounded like a halyard hitting a shroud. Today my old eyes, the sun, the wind (and a little bit of rain) conspired to show me the problem. The port lazyjack lead is threaded incorrectly. This would be a minor problem if it wasn't 40 feet in the air and Reboot was not in a rolling anchorage. I am adding re-threading to the list of "things that require climbing the mast." Hopefully I will find someone here in Sydney, Australia soon to tend my safety lines.Fair winds and following seas :)

Design of the Johnnie Walker Black bottle

The forecast is for rain, rain, rain. Fortified by scotch, beer, books and smokes I am prepared. As I returned to Reboot I thought about the JWB bottle for shipboard use. Square. No wasted space in the locker, doesn't roll. Too tall for my "speed rack." Glass - not my first choice. Weak cap. Not good. Risk mitigation: reduce amount of fluid in container smartly.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335

Kindle Fire help

When I post my blog to Facebook through a forwarder it drops all the CR/LF data. This is unique to my Facebook posts. All the other sites render it correctly. Is there a key sequence for a "hard" carriage return on the Fire?..... Blast from the past: in 1968 I operated an IBM 1620™ computer*. The operator console was an IBM Selectric™ typewriter. We amused ourselves by writing routines to make it loop "tab, tab, tab,tab, cr/lf." Not quite as satisfying as it would have been with a full carriage. We were young, male, and stupid.......* I also walked 20 miles to school each day through a blizzard; uphill both ways......Fair winds and following seas :)

Starter Battery

Took the dead starter battery of Reboot. A friend put it on his charger. After two days we declared it dead. Bought a new battery. Hooked it up. Nothing. Put meter on battery. Plenty of voltage. Noticed an extra wire I had not hooked up. Hooked it up. Wow, it works! Hehe.....
Moral: You need all the wires.....
Fair winds and following seas :)
P.S. raining again today after raining all last night. Ugh

Rain

Got up this morning. Forecast rain showers. Nice day. Sunny. Realised I needed to pick up my laundry. Took bus. Got laundry. Heavens opened. Got back to Reboot. Rain stopped. Sunny. Great fun. Fair winds and following seas :)

Giraffe Update

Apparently the Giraffe is now safety in Australia. Murphy being Murphy they had a thunderstorm in the middle of trying to unload the giraffe from the ship. That must have been fun. Fair winds and following seas :)

Noises

One of the things I could never understand about people I would bring on as crew was their indifference to noises. To me noise is everything. Something rolling around? Go find it and re-secure it. Why? Not only is the noise "Chinese water torture" to me, but it frequently means something is wrong or has broken loose. That brings me to tonight. We have had several rain showers tonight. I can hear water sloshing around. I know its not the bilge. It turns out that with Reboot's current trim we are slightly bow down. The water is (was) trapped in the channel around the companion-way. When I went up into the cockpit I disturbed the trim enough so it drained. Yes, on me! Fair winds and following seas :)

Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down

Actually its Saturday. Last night it started to rain and has continued since. The forecast is for several more days of rain as a slow moving front passes. Not much fun. Going on shore just means spending money to sit in a restaurant. Wind has been up and down. When up, not terribly comfortable on Reboot. I will make a trip in tomorrow to do some shopping if there is a break in the rain.XO has been very needy. Lots of pacing and vocalizations unless I lay down in the bunk. Then he cuddles and falls asleep. I have been putting gel in his eyes to clear a minor infection. It must be helping. He just quietly lays on his back and lets me do it. Fair winds and following seas :)

Giraffe

Yesterday we got our biweekly visit from Australian Biosecurity to check on XO. It was quite rushed. Matt told me that they were dealing with a giraffe. It seems one was being imported and the paperwork was not right. So they were trying to sort it out. I wonder how the giraffe feels.Crazy stuff.Fair winds and following seas :)

Tools

TOOLS EXPLAINEDDRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh*t'SKILL SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the …

Gloomy

Looking at three days of wind and rain. Not fun.Fair winds and following seas :)

Soda Prices

I was in the IGA today. I thought to buy a 10 pack of Coke. Then I noticed the price: $ 10.30. Why can you buy a 30 pack on sale for $12.00 and they want $10.30 for a ten pack. It makes no sense. Fair winds and following seas :)

The Joy of Mooring Balls

One phenomenon that I did not anticipate in Australia (at least on the east coast) is very strong wind events. The wind will rise to 35 knots for a period of time and then drop back down. Since the wind events seem to correspond to dramatic wind direction shifts the anchor is very likely to drag for a bit before resetting. I had this problem in the Brisbane River. There it was caused not only by wind events but the daily reversals of the current. As a result Reboot "walked" slowly from the original point where I would drop. In Brisbane this was a real problem as Reboot "walked" slowly out into the river channel. When I arrived in Brisbane the normal wheel and wire steering was not working. I would wait until slack wind and tide to use the autopilot system to get anchored back out of the channel. I had to wait as the response of the autopilot was quite slow for close maneuvers. The delay in resetting did not endear me to the Citi-Cat captains. (The steering was r…

Sydney Racing (2)

A little more on Friday night. The starting line was off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. There was no committee boat. Rather the powers that be observed from the comfort of the club. I assume from the bar..... As a consequence the area around the start was very constrained compared to my other experiences in yacht racing. Not only were we maneuvering around the other contestants but also had to deal with the shoreline. It made for quite a lot of near misses. This particular series uses a staggered start. Rather than all the boats maneuvering to cross the line at the same time each boat has an individual starting time. The idea (which I think is cool) is that they arrive at the finish more bunched together. As part of the handicapping winning boats are assessed start delays. Since we were undefeated in our division we were assessed 2 additional minutes of delay. We crossed the line smartly and without incident. For the first part of the race we were in a pack of 6 or 7 boats al…

Sydney Harbor Racing

My friend Malcolm took me sailboat racing in Sydney Harbor. What a treat. Winds from 5 to 25 knots. And from every direction. I have never raced with so many other boats close by. Plus, the Friday night race courses of about 5 yacht clubs all converge and or cross. Thrown in the ferries for fun. What a head trip.Not to mention we provisionally came in first!Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335

Sydney

At log last. Missed the fireworks. Ha! Getting sorted. More to follow.

Now becalmed

At least the current is drifting me smartly in the right direction.Fair winds and following seas :)

Underway Brisbane to Sydney

Things have finally calmed down after a long and tiring 24 hours.Course: 165 T.
Speed: 4.0 kts.
S 33 06.821
E 153 02.681
Wind SSW 8
Wave SW 6 ft
Sky 10%
Bar 1016 Big wind shift, now clocking again.Fair winds and following seas :)
Roger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335

Long day, long night

Heading down the coast from Brisbane to Sydney got caught in a "strong wind warning" for about 24 hours. Fortunately I was traveling down wind but still uncomfortable. With only a slip of the jib I was surfing at 10 knots. Fair winds and following seas :)

Found the key!

After a long and unsuccessful search yesterday for the key I cut the lock on the outboard with my rig cutters. Of course today I found the key.Fair winds and following seas :)

Underway to Morton Island

Upwind and up sea of course.Fair winds and following seas :)

Brisbane River anchorage

Last night I exited the Brisbane River like a thief. I have enjoyed my time in Brisbane but the facilities leave a great deal to be desired. I anchored in the river between Mowbray Park and New Farm. The bottom is mud and the strong current reverses. This means the anchor resets four tines a day. And drags. I solved this problem by adding a stern anchor to keep from swinging out into the channel. That worked until both anchors started to drag. Last night at slack tide I had enough, hauled both anchors and departed.There are a lot of mooring balls (and boats) in the river but almost no guest balls. The mooring fields occupy the best anchorages. It is hard to find a spot as the few guest facilities are almost always full. Finding a place to land a dinghy is also difficult. The fields are not well marked. Traveling down the river at night I had to keep a very sharp lookout to prevent Reboot from hitting moored boats with dim anchor lights.Then of course there are the Citi-Cats. These fer…

Dumb

I was reminded today after a strong thunderstorm why one does not park the dinghy under a scupper.Fair winds and following seas :)

Stillness

It is the middle of the night here on the Brisbane River and all is still. XO woke me. His water bowl was empty. The tide is turning and there is no wind. I am sitting in the cockpit. The interior is stifling. XO is standing guard to repel boarders. I will most likely doze until sunrise. A very quiet moment.Fair winds and following seas :)

Local knowledge - Australia Chartlets

My friend John @ Anglican Church Grammar School pointed me to these beautiful chartlets (free) for Queensland and New South Wales. The links are:

http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-maps/Moreton-Bay-guides

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.html

Enjoy

Fair winds and following seas :)

Dawn

Every morning just at dawn (which here is about 4:30 AM) the birds start making noise. XO feels it incumbent on himself to wake me. Bummer.Fair winds and following seas :)

Queensland Museum (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au)

I went to the Queensland Museum on the South Bank today. This is their science and technology museum. I admit to being jaded; I grew up and lived in the New York City area, spent years traveling to Washington D.C., and have visited London and Paris. So I knew it would not compare in the awesome category. My expectations were met. It is a beautiful museum targeted at middle school students. I went, however, to see the exhibit on the large Hadron Collider. It was a major disappointment. There were lots of pieces of hardware but the video presentation was, imho, awful. Just building the LDC was a major engineering feat. Nothing, no pictures. No real explanation of how it works. Like, we shoot this beam and it gets squeezed by these magnets (picture.) Nope, just a bunch of talking heads in a conference room. Lots of superficial talk about the Higgs Boson. Not my thing.Fair winds and following seas :)

Help me Ronda @ FedEx

About three weeks ago I gave up on getting my mail from the U.S. that has been floating around New Caledonia for a couple of months. I called my bank, asked them to invalidate the credit card in the New Caledonia mail and send me a new one to Brisbane. No problem they said. We can get you a new one in Australia in about a week. Great I said. After about two weeks and several trips to Australia Post no mail. I called my bank and they said its at Brisbane Airport. A couple of more trips to Australia Post. No mail. So I called the bank and asked for a tracking number. Then I called FedEx. "We don't deliver to Australia Post." They might have told that to the shipper! After a dinghy ride, a Citi-cat ride, and an Uber car I finally got my debit card. Quality...Fair winds and following seas :)